A recap of the last 6 months..
Happy July, which means we are officially halfway into our didactic year. I cannot believe how fast the last 6 months have gone by. What a journey this has been! It seems like just yesterday we were meeting our cohort for the first time eating king cake and taking in the sites of New Orleans. It is so crazy to think that in 6 months we will all be in different cities starting our clinical rotations. Although COVID cancelled Mardi Gras, many of the houses/yards around the city were decorated to celebrate in a non-traditional way, called it “Yardi Gras”. (I attached a picture of one of the houses decorated near campus!) This was my first taste of what living in New Orleans would be like and it really showed me what an incredibly special place full of passion and excitement this city is.
When our first semester wrapped up, we dove right into what I affectionally referred to as “Autopsy Bootcamp”. Our autopsy course was a 2 week Maymester packed with so much information, it seems insane to think about how much we learned in those 2 weeks. Two weeks is not a very long time, but we were able to pack in so many different learning opportunities in addition to traditional lectures. We got to do a brain evisceration lab which also included removing the eyeballs (one anteriorly and one posteriorly of course) and removing the spinal cord also using the anterior and posterior approaches. We also were able to do a brain cutting lab with Dr. Trivedi (shown on the left).
I’m looking forward to starting our practicums and being able to apply all of the knowledge we have learned so far in a clinical setting. It won’t be long before we find out what site we will be doing our clinicals at in January.